In what was considered by many to be a relatively quiet school district election, the voters approved the $68.4 million school budget, with its 4.6 percent increase over last year's budget of $65.2 million, 1,397 to 928. The voters also elected Alan Baer and Dean Nardone, each to a three-year term as members of the board of education.
The voter turnout this year was also relatively low, 2,325 , compared with last year's turnout of 3,116. However, last year six candidates ran for three positions on the school board, thus bringing out more voters.
The results of the school board election were: Dean Nardone-1,583; John Zimmerman-844; and Alan Baer-1,508. (Candy Rossettie and Bob Persons each received two write-in votes.) Nardone and Baer will be filling the seats vacated by School Board President Candy Rossettie and Joe Mirzoeff, who both chose not to seek re-election this year.
"It was very gratifying to receive the support of the community," said Alan Baer after the results of the vote were announced. "The community once again reaffirmed its commitment to our schools and our children," added Baer, whose wife Karen and two of his three children surrounded him. "As we begin to consider the various space proposals and construction needs, I hope all residents will become involved in the process as we all have a stake in ensuring that we continue to deliver quality education to our children."
School B=board member elect Dean Nardone said, "I look forward to the challenges ahead, and there will be many. I hope that I can work with the other members of the board to get things done fairly and equitably."
When asked to comment, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Inserra said, "I want to thank the communiy for once again supporting our schools, and having faith and trust that we're moving in the right direction. I'm looking forward to working with our new board as we make critical decisions that are going to position this district for the next 10-15 years, both educationally and in terms of space and enrollment needs."
The new board members will be seated effective July 1.